So Pas Track & Field Runs Pasadena Games, Records Broken

Terrel  Mansano from SP in 400 meter dash. Photos by Henk Friezer.

The South Pasadena High School track & field team set two records this past weekend, according to its head coach CB Richards.

Tiger junior TH Wei leaped to a triple-jump length of 47 ft. 6 in., which tied his own record but bested the Pasadena Games meet record that was held Friday, March 22, according to Richards.

Moreover, Tiger senior Kai Dettman, ran an 800 meter So Pas High School record of 1:53.61 at the meet of Champions at Azusa Pacific University on Saturday night. The previous record was from 2013 and held by Paul Messana, a Pomona-Pitzer All-American at 1:54.84, according to Richards.

Meanwhile, the track & field team performed above expectations at the 74th annual  Pasadena Games at So Pas High School, which attracted 28 schools throughout the region. The games used to be held at Pasadena City College and Occidental College before settling in at South Pasadena High School.

One surprise of South Pasadena’s track season has been the outstanding performance of sophomore Andrew Parkinson, who has run competitive races each time and has excelled in the high jump, tying for first place in the event at the games with a leap of  5 ft. 4 in.

Parkinson is the grandson of former Tiger track great and track & field coach Mike Parkinson.

In the 12-pound shot put, Tigers Lim Bui, 45-09.00, and Jared Lachica, 42-09.00, placed first and second, respectively. Lucas Talin, 12-06.00, and Ian Wang, 11-00.00, placed first and second respectively in the varsity pole vault, while Wei took first in the varsity triple jump setting a new record for the Pasadena Games at 47 ft. 6 in.

The varsity girls also had their moments in the sun at the games. South Pasadena girls varsity took first in the 4X100 relay with a time of 49.54 and Lauren Kafkaloff, 29-03.50, and Violet Main, 28-01.00, took first and second place, respectively, in the 4kg shot put. First-place finisher Ashley Hugasian took home the top prize in the triple jump with a leap of 34-07.50. Hugasian is a co-captain of the girls varsity along with Christina Taylor.

*South Pasadena High School track and field team member Andrew Parkinson is the son of former Tiger track coach Mike Parkinson. He is not his grandson.The Review regret this error.

Review Photographer Henk Friezer Contributed to this article.